Aylesworth was presented with the 2009 Prairie State Award for Excellence
in Writing for Children. The award ceremony was held March 19, 2009 in
The Prairie State Award
recognizes an Illinois Children's/young adult author whose body of work
demonstrates excellence, engenders a love of literature, and embraces
an important part of the mission of the Illinois Reading Council to
promote lifelong literacy. The award is given by the Illinois
Reading Council an affiliate of the International Reading Association.
Jim Ayleworth follows such
notables as Sally Walker in 2008, Ilene Cooper in 2007, Candace Fleming
in 2006, and Jamie Gilson in 2005 who have been honored with this award
in previous years.
The Prairie State Award was
presented on March 19, 2009, Thursday evening during the Illinois Reading Council's 2009 convention in
Springfield, Illinois. Abraham Lincoln Ballroom - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
2009 Prairie State Award Recipient
|Donna Aylesworth and Jim's newest book (2009) Our Abe Lincoln (Scholastic)
|Sam Aylesworth with his grandfather, Jim, and Jim's engraved Prairie State Book Award.
Following the award banquet --
Jim was a featured author at the
Anderson's Bookshops' Author Reading -
An autograph session followed in the Hilton Grand Ballroom.
Authors who also read included: Neal Shusterman, Margie Palatini,
Matt McElligott, Sharon M. Draper, Ying Chang Compestine, John Coy, and